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Date registered: Jul 2010
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Looking to hear from other 4matic & c350 owners
I recently bought a 2009 c350 sport 4matic loaded with only 20,000 miles and sold my 2007 c230 sport thinking I no longer have to worry about the possibility of balance shafts only to now wish I had not purchased a 4matic because they are almost as bad as the freakin balance shafts . I bought my c350 from a Land Rover dealer and it had 13 days left on the factory warranty which expires today but I took it in yesterday and had some minor issues fixed like the squealing mirror and the wheel centre caps had minor pitting .
I was offered extended aftermarket warranty but for the most part they are terrible and they wanted $4500 for an add't 3 yrs and 40,000 miles which would only bring me to 60,000 . I figured what are the chances I will experience that much repair cost in 3 years
I thought I did my research on the c350 but now come across the transfer case problems .... Ugh, not another car to friggen fear. I got a good deal and had I known there were issues I would not have bought a 4matic but I really wanted a c350 sport .. Too late now I guess .
The way I found out was I was in sitting at the dealer getting the warranty items looked at and I asked the service advisor about the reliability of the c350 and he said they are pretty good so I go sit to wait and another c350 owner strolls in to have a ticking noise looked at and I thought maybe fuel pump vent issue like on the c230 but the advisor comes over and I listen in and they say its the transfer case and it needs to be replaced and I grab my phone and google it and all these posts come up and I was like crap . My warranty ends today and I didn't buy extended because Mercedes won't even honor it and make you pay up front and try to get the money back from the warranty company which could be a nitemare. The cost for the transfer case could well exceed $7000 and I read some have had more than 1 failure in a 40,000 mile period
I would like to hear from other 4matic and c350 owners about how their cars have been especially those with lots of miles . Would you even own a 4matic without a warranty? I like the car but now thinking of getting rid of it
Last edited by 07Mercedessport; 08-10-2013 at 05:00 PM.